Thank you to those who stopped by the Ohio State Energy Tent this week at Farm Science Review. Each year, Farm Science Review offers a great opportunity to connect with and educate attendees about bioproducts and alternative energy. This year was no different. Over the course of three days, we talked with attendees about biobased products, how alternative energy sources like solar can drastically reduce energy costs, and even had an anaerobic digestion demonstration! As always, there was a tremendous turnout and it was another successful year.
Farm Science Review in London, Ohio attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors each year from all over the United States and Canada to learn the latest in agricultural production. The show is put on by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is the largest university farm show in the nation. The 80-acre exhibit area allows visitors and exhibitors to experience all aspects of agriculture production. The educational programs feature Ohio State and Purdue specialists that are second to none in the agricultural exhibition world. Farm Science Review lasts three days and features 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors.
This year the Ohio State Energy Tent featured ways that farmers can reduce energy usage, lower energy costs, and valuable lessons in how to produce your own renewable energy. The solar energy demonstration was a huge hit with plenty of farmers considering alternative energy as a way to reduce costs and move towards a more sustainable future. Farmers also learned how they can utilize undigested feedstock from animals on the farm to create bedding and as a plant and nutrient enhancer for soil.
One activity that really took off during the review was the biobased product guessing game. The game featured a wide variety of biobased products with only a few non-biobased products. Participants were challenged to guess which products were biobased and which were non-biobased. The key takeaway is that there are a lot of biobased alternatives to products we use every day. For example, many people are familiar with Tide laundry detergent, but several were surprised to learn that Tide also produces a biobased laundry detergent, Tide Purclean, that is 65% USDA Certified Biobased. For more information on USDA Certified Biobased products, visit Biopreferred, a USDA program dedicated to increasing the use of biobased products.
In the coming years, we will continue to educate visitors about biobased and energy alternatives that contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.